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Ohhhh My God!!!!!!!!!!!

Just cant get over this thing 70 miles today after I picked her up and man what a hoot!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Quiet, powerful, stable, quiet, OH yeah, I said that.

Had it on the highway and twisties and although I am not scraping pegs it will come to that I am sure.

Just a wonderful machine overall.

Way different riding then a Harley. First it rides nice as hell. seating position is good but I will need to get my feet out or down. Windshield is too tall and cutting my vision so I ordered a Cee Bailey #2 -4 in Ice Blue of course.

I need a seat and back rest and need to know if an 05 and 07 seat are the same? Corbin don't make anything after 05 and it is not on their "list" to do.

Learning the gadgets will take some time but as long as I know brake, clutch and shifter I am good to go.

Great bike and I will be out after it cools off a bit here in Pensatucky.

Looked down on the way home and was at a buck and it felt like 60. I was told to ride it the way I am going to ride, get through the gears as much as I can, vary the speed, do not lug it and do not baby it. I can do that.

If anyone has info on a seat for an 07 would appreciate that as I need to get that ordered ASAP, why are all badges the same? 20 something thousand dollar bike and they cant go to a good seat manufacturer for their seats? Guess keep the after market strong?

I guess you can tell I am a bit giddy with new ownership and don't regret letting the Road Glide go. Not sure if I would have kept it even if economics did not play such an important roll in the choice. Guess it don't matter got a clear title on its way to me so no payments and just goodies to buy. I think the Glide would have sat anyway.

Any input appreciated.

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Congrats Lee!

Can't help ya none on the seat, but thanks for sharing the Giddy. Brings back fond memories. Just this morning again!!

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Congrats!

I also don't have anything to add on your question as I really like my stock seat...behinds are all different

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i hear ya buddy.......

picked mine up last thursday, did a 900km ride this weekend (about 550 miles).

i was all set to buy an ultra classic from harley but they kept screwing me over and over i finally pulled my deposit money and walked away.

within the 1st 50 miles i looked back at my wife smiling and saying that i was SOOOO glad i didn't buy the harley!!!!!!!

i just love this bike!!!

ps. i have the "soft touch" heated seats and they worked great!
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Just cant get over this thing 70 miles today after I picked her up and man what a hoot!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Quiet, powerful, stable, quiet, OH yeah, I said that.

Had it on the highway and twisties and although I am not scraping pegs it will come to that I am sure.

Just a wonderful machine overall.

Way different riding then a Harley. First it rides nice as hell. seating position is good but I will need to get my feet out or down. Windshield is too tall and cutting my vision so I ordered a Cee Bailey #2 -4 in Ice Blue of course.

I need a seat and back rest and need to know if an 05 and 07 seat are the same? Corbin don't make anything after 05 and it is not on their "list" to do.

Learning the gadgets will take some time but as long as I know brake, clutch and shifter I am good to go.

Great bike and I will be out after it cools off a bit here in Pensatucky.

Looked down on the way home and was at a buck and it felt like 60. I was told to ride it the way I am going to ride, get through the gears as much as I can, vary the speed, do not lug it and do not baby it. I can do that.

If anyone has info on a seat for an 07 would appreciate that as I need to get that ordered ASAP, why are all badges the same? 20 something thousand dollar bike and they cant go to a good seat manufacturer for their seats? Guess keep the after market strong?

I guess you can tell I am a bit giddy with new ownership and don't regret letting the Road Glide go. Not sure if I would have kept it even if economics did not play such an important roll in the choice. Guess it don't matter got a clear title on its way to me so no payments and just goodies to buy. I think the Glide would have sat anyway.

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Congrats on the new bike!!

BTW the #2 -4 shield is only going to net you about an inch lower. If the stock was way too high I would go lower....

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Congrats Lee. It only gets better with time and miles.

As for the seat, I'm 99.9% sure that an '05 seat will fit an '07. LTs are basically broken up into 2 categories: Pre-'05 and post-'04.
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Differents seats.

I have a comfort seat made by BMW and rode to Alaska / back. No problem with the behind, but I know we all have different ones. Also Rick or Bill Myers, I think is the spelling, makes special seats.

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Congrats on the new bike!!

BTW the #2 -4 shield is only going to net you about an inch lower. If the stock was way too high I would go lower....
Well they (cee) say their stock is 24", mine is a tall I think as it measures 24", -4 will be 20" and that will be fine I think. Christ when I put it up the whole way I thought I was going into the "Cone Of Silence" on Maxwell Smart

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Congrats Lee. It only gets better with time and miles.

As for the seat, I'm 99.9% sure that an '05 seat will fit an '07. LTs are basically broken up into 2 categories: Pre-'05 and post-'04.
Thanks for the info, it must, as another forum member has offered a Corbin he had on an 06 so I think it may be so. We will see.

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I have a comfort seat made by BMW and rode to Alaska / back. No problem with the behind, but I know we all have different ones. Also Rick or Bill Myers, I think is the spelling, makes special seats.
I guess I need to give the soft touch low seat a chance, after so many miles in the same seat it is like loosing an old friend but it may get better.

Hope to go to AZ and back next summer so I surely will know by then.

Thing on the customs is I don't want to be without a seat so not sure how to accomplish that but will look into it.

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Yes on the Corbin seats. I have one I took off my 05 and put on my new one.

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Just cant get over this thing 70 miles today after I picked her up and man what a hoot!!!!!!!!!!!!! ... Windshield is too tall and cutting my vision so I ordered a Cee Bailey #2 -4 in Ice Blue of course.
Congratulations, Lee! We love happy new LT owners.

Regarding the windshield "cutting your vision". Um, you do know it raises up and down electrically, right? So it's in your vision in the down position, I'm assuming. I know you already ordered a new shield, but here's another option you can play with. It's actually very easy to cut a few inches off the stock shield. Tape up the area with masking tape, draw a profile on it with a sharpie, then saw off with a hand-held jig saw. You could take a little off, go for a ride, and repeat until you have it dialed in just right. Then use a file and sandpaper to smooth the cut edge. You can do all this with the shield right on the bike. Don't take off too much or you'll be losing protection when the shield is raised.

And of course, if you change your seat, that may change your view over the shield as well. I'm not sure from your post, but it sounds like you have the low seat on it? You problem may be solved by using a stock height seat.

Anyway, welcome and good riding.
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Congratulations, Lee! We love happy new LT owners.

Regarding the windshield "cutting your vision". Um, you do know it raises up and down electrically, right? So it's in your vision in the down position, I'm assuming. I know you already ordered a new shield, but here's another option you can play with. It's actually very easy to cut a few inches off the stock shield. Tape up the area with masking tape, draw a profile on it with a sharpie, then saw off with a hand-held jig saw. You could take a little off, go for a ride, and repeat until you have it dialed in just right. Then use a file and sandpaper to smooth the cut edge. You can do all this with the shield right on the bike. Don't take off too much or you'll be losing protection when the shield is raised.

And of course, if you change your seat, that may change your view over the shield as well. I'm not sure from your post, but it sounds like you have the low seat on it? You problem may be solved by using a stock height seat.

Anyway, welcome and good riding.
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Great information and food for thought for sure.

In the full down position it is just below my site line if I "sit tall in the saddle" if you know what I mean, if a go into the position the bike wants my body to sit in, it IS in my sight line.

I do know it goes up and down and man, damn BMW put one heck of a shield on the LT, I really could not BELIEVE how far it went up!

I think -4 and then raising it if I have to will work better as I do not think I will ever need the height it is now fully extended, and the "bitch" on the back can fend for herself

And Since it has been all but confirmed the 05 seat fits a 07, and a new seat and a backrest move me forward or up, I still think I can cover me enough at full height -4 with the design of the curve in the Cee I will be OK, and see above about the "bitch"

On edit: I was a glazier for 17 years of my life and I cut and flamed polished more Plexi then I want to remember. I cut my RG shield. I have just found from Using the Clear View shield (great shield and they make BMW) on my RG, the curve makes a bid difference and I want to keep the "Big Mutha Hunker" stocker to have in case something goes south, and really needed an excuse to spend some money on this SWEET ride. And hell got it in Blue to match the bike too

Lee

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On edit: I was a glazier for 17 years of my life and I cut and flamed polished more Plexi then I want to remember. -----------------------
Just don't try flame polishing the stock shield! It is polycarbonate, not acrylic. Flame polishing, or any kind of polishing for that matter, is much tougher than with acrylic.

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I ride my '05 less due to the lousy seat. Can't afford a quality one..

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Congrats on the new ride. I have about 9000 miles on my 2007 K1200LT and IMHO the "comfort" seat is the most miserable, uncomfortable stock motorcycle seat I've ever been on (yes, even worse than the K1100 LT I owned in the past). I thought at first it just needed to break in, but clearly it is not the seat for me. I have an August appointment with Rich's in Seattle to get it fixed. Good luck with yours!

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Congrats on the new ride. I have about 9000 miles on my 2007 K1200LT and IMHO the "comfort" seat is the most miserable, uncomfortable stock motorcycle seat I've ever been on (yes, even worse than the K1100 LT I owned in the past). I thought at first it just needed to break in, but clearly it is not the seat for me. I have an August appointment with Rich's in Seattle to get it fixed. Good luck with yours!
Not what I wanted to hear but I am a bit confused, is the Soft Touch Low a Comfort seat?

I need to have my dealer look at 05-06-07 seat part numbers as the Corbin rig is over 1200 That is flat passenger rest, passenger seat, rider seat and back rest. So if you take 400 for the back rest that is available, you are out 800 for a new seats. I am just way paranoid about that cash outlay without knowing for sure. Although on the Corbin page it does state to install their low you must modify below the seat just as if you were installing a BMW low? As Corbin told me on the phone there is NO returns.
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Just don't try flame polishing the stock shield! It is polycarbonate, not acrylic. Flame polishing, or any kind of polishing for that matter, is much tougher than with acrylic.
Either way you are just using heat to melt the cutting marks out and at that time 30 years ago we used a floor standing wet sander taking it up into 800 and 1000 grit, and we did work Lexan also. Our boss spent the money on paper mask because we cut so many patterns. On glass we would finish with cork belts to high polish after going through the grits from on some pattern cuts 80 to start, but most 120, up to 800-1600 then cork.

Now they use diamond wheels and coolant water on the glass and it is automated.

Anyway hope the CEE is all it is supposed to be, and I like it as well as what I have read on here, except for optical issues.
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Hey Lee,

I know exactly what you're talking about. I picked mine up Memorial Day weekend and I still haven't gotten over it. The smile usually lasts until about Wednesday. At about 200 miles you'll start picking up horses, and the grin will really widen.

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Looked down on the way home and was at a buck and it felt like 60.....
I guess you can tell I am a bit giddy with new ownership...
Just started my fourth year with my '03 and I still get giddy - congrats!

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Just started my fourth year with my '03 and I still get giddy - congrats!
Darn it! And here I thought all that giddiness was due to me being with you.
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Darn it! And here I thought all that giddiness was due to me being with you.

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CB #2-4 isn't much shorter than the stock 24"

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Well they (cee) say their stock is 24", mine is a tall I think as it measures 24", -4 will be 20" and that will be fine I think. Christ when I put it up the whole way I thought I was going into the "Cone Of Silence" on Maxwell Smart

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I, too, went from the stock 24" to the Cee Baileys #2-4. Even though the -4 is from a 24" "baseline", the recurve of the #2 shield makes it stick up higher in your line of sight. I did some careful measuring and posted the results in this thread. I think you'll find that the -4 will be slightly, but not much, lower than your stock shield.

You can still cut off the bottom of your #2-4, and re-drill the holes...as others here have also done, to get a -5 or -6. Although, the -4 suits me perfect and I'm a tad under 5'-9".

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Well they (cee) say their stock is 24", mine is a tall I think as it measures 24", -4 will be 20" and that will be fine I think. Christ when I put it up the whole way I thought I was going into the "Cone Of Silence" on Maxwell Smart

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If you have a 24" high shield on a 2007 it is the "high" version...the one that was standard on the 99-04 bikes. The "standard" shield on the '05-07 bikes is the old "Euro" shield which is about 3 inches shorter. You may find the shorter BMW shield works better for you. Also the Vstream from Z-technik has exactly the same center height (line of vision) as the stock short shield, but higher sides for better aerodynamics.

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I, too, went from the stock 24" to the Cee Baileys #2-4. Even though the -4 is from a 24" "baseline", the recurve of the #2 shield makes it stick up higher in your line of sight. I did some careful measuring and posted the results in this thread. I think you'll find that the -4 will be slightly, but not much, lower than your stock shield.

You can still cut off the bottom of your #2-4, and re-drill the holes...as others here have also done, to get a -5 or -6. Although, the -4 suits me perfect and I'm a tad under 5'-9".
Well then at 5' 11" the -4 should be perfect for me.

But sitting down sight line is not inseam, but body height.

And yes what I have is the "Tall".

Sight line is subjective I think.

I wear sport goggles with bifocals and I did not pay to have "no line" and that may be part of it also. But was no problem on DA Glide, but not near the coverage (height) either.

Now throw the new Corbin rig into the mix and who knows how it is going to shake out.

Jpegs and another posture, and a new sight line to assume.

I will get it sorted out with all the help from this forum's great members.

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Just went out for another quick 70 and ran some roads I know well. WHAT a bike.

First off after reading some shift point threads I wanted to make sure I am in very high 3's to mid 4's on shifting. This bike is an animal in the 5-6500 range. I do love the power of the 4.

I am sure some purists is going to say my God son you haven't even broken the bike in yet and are running it hard. Well I was TOLD to! I was told that since the motors are pre run on Dynos, what am I going to do to it? Out of the mouth of the man who is going to service my bike. I trust this man so will run it pretty hard, have not even been close to red line and from six grand to 8 grand in fifth gear on a strait, it is a long way up there to that 8 number

I think I can used to this with some of the things I have coming. The shield is a problem but I may need to adjust to the new position of riding this puts you in, or at least for me.

Did I mention the seat sucks for me? Damn pretty, but I should have ordered the Corbin a month ago

I am having a little trouble getting used to the clutch release and feel, but it was better tonight then coming home yesterday. I am having a bit of trouble getting clean shifts, not getting the throttle closed fast enough for the clutch actuation. Sure I will get it as it, and I, break in. Probably a "Harley Habit" I have to break, and re-learn

I am getting used to stopping and going and that is really not as bad as some complain here, but it put a bug a boo on me so I have a little thing about it. First off from boards to pegs again is a big curve. My above mentioned clutch self induced issues, and then the girth of the bike, made me a bit leery of stop and go, but I will get it.

Also my bike has Metzler's on it so is this the reason for increased pressures I see stated here? I got all but 13,000 out of my last rear on a Metz 880 keeping it at 48-50, the front looked new keeping it at 38-40. Should I follow suite on the LT?

The thing I like the best is the handling it is pretty forgiving and it will allow you to correct with very little effort going in or out of your lines through and out corners. I just need more time in the saddle ( did I mention this one hates my butt) and to become one with the bike.

It is a big jump from a Harley Road Glide to an LT and will take a lot more miles until I trust me enough to ride the bike correctly to it's style and potential. I am giving her hell though...........
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Darn it! And here I thought all that giddiness was due to me being with you.
It WOULD literally be "brokeback" with you, big fella...

Try to behave this weekend :-)

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What year was your Roadglide? I have been riding one since 2004, and just bought a 05 LT in May. Love the bike, but have thus far held on to my HD. Two different rides!! What was the deciding factor for you to part with the HD? Regards....Dana in Olympia, WA
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What year was your Roadglide? I have been riding one since 2004, and just bought a 05 LT in May. Love the bike, but have thus far held on to my HD. Two different rides!! What was the deciding factor for you to part with the HD? Regards....Dana in Olympia, WA
I think I was just tired of it. The noise, the vibration, just rode Harley's for a long time and wanted to try something different. The BMW is really a whole other animal. I did not want a Wing or a Ymahauler so it really leaves the BMW. It really is a 21st Century bike and the refinement is just all there. Also I just followed one for 1200 miles down in Cass in West VA, and on those roads my RG was fun but a BMW is funner. I worked too hard on the RG compared to the BMW in all aspects of riding. The suspension on these is just outstanding.

Of course I did not want a payment so I needed to deal on the Glide. Not having all the money you want sucks!

Of course I underestimated what I would need to make this bike comfortable All but 2000 more for the full Corbin rig, the CB #2 -4 shield and JPegs. I am all out of spending money and have depleted my savings to my "never drop below" point.

I just really don't have the time to have more then one bike, or want to make the financial commitment to a "stable" of bikes, I can only ride one at a time

I don't regret it a bit.
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Didn't catch if you ordered J-pegs or not. I just put a set on my bike yesterday and tried 'em out for the first time today. When you come over, you can try mine out if you want (not sure now that I've got 'em if I shoulda gotten the XL version instead).

Also cutting the large hole in the bottom of the plastic wings was tricky and not as clean as I would have liked. Now that I've done it once, I could do a much better job the next time - so getting a looksee at mine might help you out with yours.

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Didn't catch if you ordered J-pegs or not. I just put a set on my bike yesterday and tried 'em out for the first time today. When you come over, you can try mine out if you want (not sure now that I've got 'em if I shoulda gotten the XL version instead).

Also cutting the large hole in the bottom of the plastic wings was tricky and not as clean as I would have liked. Now that I've done it once, I could do a much better job the next time - so getting a looksee at mine might help you out with yours.
Two things... +1 on the XL version.... and a Dremmel tool... Makes for one fine installation as you can "fine tune" the wings...

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Huh??? Joe, is this new math??? That would be a very short time period!

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I have an 06 LT with a seat made by KonTour. I believe you can find the manufacturer here on this site. I can truly state this seat lets me ride 1000 mile days without any monkeybutt at all. It's the first seat I can claim that is that good and I've had every single one of the other aftermarket seats out there.

In June I put three, 1000 mile days together and the only part of me that didn't hurt was my butt!

I also have a Cee Bailey +2 -4 windshield and I love it. My only complaint is that the farther I raise it from the lowest position, the more unstable the bike becomes at high speeds. I know I'll catch some flak from members of this site but, sometimes I like to ride over 125 miles per hour to keep up with my buddies on their crotch rockets. Over 90 mph, the bike starts shivering in the front end and it really rocks and rolls around the 125 mph mark with the shield up. I lower it all the way down and the machine starts to become more civil.
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Huh??? Joe, is this new math??? That would be a very short time period!
I nearly said 'My '05 is a post 04' but it sounds Irish (but how else do you describe the '05 model coming out in '04 (I'm going for a lie down )).

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I have an 06 LT with a seat made by KonTour. I believe you can find the manufacturer here on this site. I can truly state this seat lets me ride 1000 mile days without any monkeybutt at all. It's the first seat I can claim that is that good and I've had every single one of the other aftermarket seats out there.

I know I'll catch some flak from members of this site but, sometimes I like to ride over 125 miles per hour to keep up with my buddies on their crotch rockets.
Seat threads are like oil threads, they can be very volatile. Butt, I have to agree with you on the Kontour. I loves it.

Since GT doesn't stand for "grammaw's truck" I don't have a problem with the 125mph thang.



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